Transgender Shopper Denied Access To Fitting Room – Mary Calvi Reporting

(CBS) New York – A trip to Loehmann’s may turn into a lawsuit for Jane Galla. She said a popular discount clothing store wouldn’t allow her to use its communal changing room because she is transgender.

“I picked out a couple of casual tops for the summer and spring season, and I just wanted to try them out,” she said.

Galla claims employees at the store on 7th Avenue and 16th Street refused access to Loehmann’s fitting room, which includes a mix of private and open rooms.

“I felt humiliated, embarrassed,” Galla said.

The complaint of two incidents is now before the New York City Commission on Human Rights. City law protects transgender people, allowing them access to facilities consistent with their gender identity.